Pine Country Gem & Mineral Society

Deep in the Heart of the Piney Woods of East Texas

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Message from the President- January 2017

Happy 2017 to all!


I am wishing that we all have a wonderful year to look forward to and enjoy. 


There is much planning being done at present to bring to fruition an exciting year for the PCGMS members.  We are hoping for field trip opportunities, informative programs and great fellowship.  I would also like input from club members as to how we can successfully accomplish these goals. Be thinking of what you would like to experience as part of the club and bring your ideas with you at our upcoming meeting.


With this being the new year, I would like to remind you that dues are due in January. 

They are as follows: 

Single - $18, Couple - $24 and Family - $30. 

Receiving the bulletin is contingent on having a current membership. 


I am happy to report that Mike Harvey has agreed to continue writing the bulletin for the club.  I would also like to remind you that it is important to make certain that your email address is current so that you can receive it.  If for some reason you have not been receiving the bulletin, please let me know so that I can give the information to Mike. Also, if you know someone who would like to join, the membership application is online via the website -  

For those of you mailing your dues, the address is:

                                 Pine Country Gem and Mineral Society

                                 P.O. Box 2513

                                Jasper, TX 75951


Our first meeting is Thursday, January 19th and I hope that many of you will be able to attend. To kick off the year, the program will be "Gem and Mineral Identification". It will be a fun and informative event, so be prepared to share you knowledge and be open to an interactive experience.


See you soon,


Ann James

Message from the President- September 2016

Hello fellow rockhounds,


Just writing to remind you that the monthly PCGMS meeting is Thursday, Sept 15th.  This meeting is "potluck" and is a great time to show either your culinary skills or deli shopping skills - LOL.  The clubhouse will be open at 6:00, serving by 6:25/6:30 and as always the meeting begins at 7:00.  

The program this month is "Show and Tell".  If you have favorite rocks or you picked up something new at this year's show bring it/them to share with the club. 

Mike Harvey has been snowed under with the transition of the motel but he will get the bulletin out prior to the meeting. Check your email within the next day or two.


See you all soon,

Ann James

Message from the President- March 2016 


Howdy Folks,


I am hoping that all of you have made it through the flood waters unscathed.  It is a difficult time for many in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana and as I understand some of you are aiding in the efforts.  It’s so wonderful that there are those of you who can extend a helping hand.


Our meeting is tomorrow, March 17th,  beginning promptly at 7:00 pm.  It is a “pot luck night” so bring your favorite dish to share with fellow members.  The program will be presented by shop chairmen, John Nash and Mike Lang on “How to Use a Rock Saw”.  It is very exciting that the PCGMS has a large slab saw as well as a new trim saw.  So make sure to be there to learn the basics of using the saws.  We are bringing back “Show and Tell” to the meetings, so if you have something new, interesting or would just like to find out what you may have, bring that along with you.  Also, for those of you that have taken classes in cabbing and wirewrapping- please bring your finished pieces.  This is a great time to show your new found talents. 


At the last meeting, there was some discussion about having the clubhouse/workshop opened early on the day of the meeting.  I spoke with John Nash this morning and he stated that if you are interested in coming into the shop to use the saws or cabbing machine tomorrow, to please contact him via email – or via telephone at 409-384-3974 and a designated time would be arranged.


Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the “paint party” last month.  The clubhouse looks so much brighter and better through your efforts.  Also, thanks goes out to Fred and Calvin Brown for the awesome display that they set out.  The specimens are absolutely amazing!!! 


Greatest excitement at this time – Mike Harvey, aka “Rocky Harvey” has volunteered to be editor of the bulletin, “The Pineywoods Rooter” and has created his first bulletin – Woohoo!!! Thank you, Mike, on behalf of all club members.


Hope to see many of you tomorrow. 


Ann James



Message from the President- January 2015


Wow! 2015! It is hard to believe that we are in a new year already.  Time really does fly when you are having fun.  It also flies when there is a lot of work going on.  This coming year will probably be no exception. I look forward to serving as the new president of our Pine Country Gen and Mineral Society.  There are many things that we can do to promote and build up on club.  I will be asking for assistance from many of you as needs arise.  We need to make some more progress on our club house to get the workshop functional.  The newly formed Junior Rock Club is up and going with some very excited students that are eager to learn about rocks and minerals.  I hope that each of you will consider taking on a mentoring role to these students and pass on the knowledge to the next generation.  I foresee a great year for our club, and look forward to working with each of you.


Michelle Talcott

Message from the President- June 2013

As I write this I am sitting in Lake City Colorado at 9000 ft. + enjoying

60 degree weather. I will not be able to attend the June meeting, but it
will be in capable hands as Vice-President Joe Griggs will be directing
the meeting. Be nice to him because I might have to ask him to do this

Ann James will be doing the program on how to build a black-light box                                                                                      for florescent minerals. Of whom I need to remind everyone that Ann                                                                                          is working hard on putting on the annual show which is coming up the                                                                                    third week in August. If you haven’t gotten an assignment for you part                                                                                             in putting this event together give Ann a call or ask her at the next meeting
what is it you can do to make this a successful event. The show is one of
our major money-making events and it requires the effort of every
member. We will need help in every phase from setting up, manning
booths (spinning wheel, silent auction, and food booth), front door tickets
selling, taking down and cleanup.

Also want to remind everyone that we will need rock related items for the                                                                              spinning wheel and the silent auction. Get the tumblers and saws running.                                                                                 Our success will be that we have quality items for these events.

As a club I want to remind everyone that it is a joint effort, out of a                                                                                         membership of roughly 50 members we should be able to call on at least                                                                                     75% of our membership to contribute to the event even if it is just for a                                                                                   few hours each day. This is one of the ways we can relate to the Jasper                                                                              community what our club is all about. Also check out this year’s door prize,                                                                               the ones who picked it out need to be commended on the quality of this                                                                                    piece and anyone, rock hound or not would appreciate it setting in their house.


See you in July

Bill Talcott